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The Rev. H. Stowell seconded the resolu- The Rev. J. A. James being called upon, tion, and expressed a hope that the day was came forward. He responded, from the not distant, when our beloved sovereign bottom of his heart, to every feeling of would occupy the chair as President of the affection to which utterance had been given British and Foreign Bible Society, and by Mr. Marsh. He would willingly respond would be supported on the right and left by to every challenge for mutual affection ; his ministers.
churchmen called for love, and he called Mr. J. J. Gurney submitted the resolution for love, but let them both call for truth. to the meeting, which was carried by ac- But let them be every where what they were clamation.
at that meeting. Let it not be a platform Lord Bexley returned thanks for the charity. Let it be, like our religion, an expression of the feeling of the meeting inseparable part of ourselves. towards him.
ing no reflection upon others, but, uttering The Rev. J. Browne, the newly erected devout wishes, he might say, prayers that Secretary, moved the thanks of the meeting God would send them the “ spirit of unity," to the Vice-presidents of the Society.
or, to give the true scriptural expression, The Rev. T. Lessey, of the Wesleyan “ Lord, send us the unity of the Spirit!” Connexion, seconded the motion. He The resolution was carried, and the thought every religious society was indebted Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry moved the to this, it was the common property of the thanks of the meeting to the noble ChairChristian world. He loved the Society, man, the motion was seconded by the Earl because its great characteristic was, that it of Chichester, and carried by acclamation. provided instruction for the poor. The rays Lord Bexley returned thanks, and the of human philosophy never fell vertically meeting separated. on the world ; but the Gospel of Christianity rose in splendour, to illuminate mankind.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. It soon reached its zenith, and shed its bright rays in the humble valley, as well as The Annual Meeting took place at Exeter on the highest mountain. The Rev. Gen- Hall, on the 8th instant. Sir Andrew Agnew tleman expatiated on the spread of infi
was received with loud cheering. delity among the lower classes, which he After a hymn and prayer, the worthy baascribed to a want of vigilance on the part ronet was called upon to take the chair. He of those who were not at their posts as they
said he was convinced that Sabbath schools ought to have been.
were indispensable, otherwise a large portion The Rev. J. Linder addressed a few words of the population would grow up in a state to the meeting, in a low voice and foreign of the greatest ignorance ; but all teaching, accent.
and especially Sunday School teaching, ought J. Pease, Esq. M.P. moved a resolution to be based on the knowledge of their comof thanks to the Treasurer and Committee. mon Lord and Master. It was gratifying to The Rev. W. Marsh, of Birmingham, se
him to know, that many of those whom he conded the motion. As a Birmingham man,
saw before him, assembled from various parts he might be supposed to be well acquainted of the country, were the teachers and conwith Unions, both political and trade; and
ductors of Sabbath schools. The good efif any there entertained fears from them, he
fects of such a union would not be confined did not: for from June to Christmas, and to this country alone. This Meeting had from Christmas till now, he had seen nothing
not reference to the metropolis alone, or even to fear. Were there any thing alarming in
to the kingdom, but its beneficial effects must those Unions, this Union was calculated to
extend throughout the world. render them innoxious. On that platform
Mr. W. L. Lloyd read the Report. The he saw one vast society of Christian bre- following is a summary of the returns of thren. The institutions that called them Sunday schools :together at this time of the year, were the
Schools. Teachrs. Scholrs.
Four London Auxiliaries 518 7216 76554 beauty, the glory, the defence of the country.
7479 108486 913184 He thought he heard a whisper, that he had a neighbour and a friend sitting on the
7997 115702 989738 other side, -John Angel James, who was a
In addition to the above, traveller from Birmingham as well as him
though not in self, and he thought the whisper said,
nexion with the Sun“ You, John Angel James, Independent,
day School Union you, William Marsh, Episcopalian, you came The, Sunday School Sohere as friends; and when you retire, see
ciety for Ireland
2746 20156 that you fall not out by the way." O let The London Hibernian that great Missionary, the Bible, have a Society Sunday Schools 973 place in your hearts; and under the influence of that mighty power that gives it efficacy, Total of the above
11716 135858 1227585 you John Angel James, and William Marsh,
Last year's numbers were 11275 128784 1158435 will live and die together in harmony. Let us have Corinthian hands and Macedonian hearts.
The Rev. C. Stowell observed, that there an irresistible current, and that to give it a were many occasions that called forth the proper direction, and to make its course exercise of the mind of man, but no occupa- not only barmless but salutary, is the duty tion was more solemnly responsible, none so of every one who has the welfare of his interesting and delightful, as that of leading country at heart. These reflections have youth to the truths that relate to eternity been suggested by the recent establishment He had to move the adoption of the Report of the * Belgrave Literary and Scientific which should also be widely disseminated, to encourage thousands in that department of Institution,” which is intended to embrace Christian labour. As general information within its district the extensive and wealthy advanced, their labours should be redoubled. neighbourhood of which Belgrave-square is Things that were most valuable in their pro
the centre. per use, were most injurious when abused, Such an institution has long been a deand when the culture of intellect came to be sideratum amongst the inhabitants of this abused, it must lead to the greatest degree of suburb of London, and its opening is hailed ruin. In some departments of literature, with great satisfaction by those who have there was not only an increase of infidelity, long wished for such a society. A probut an increased effort to diffuse its poison- visional committee was appointed at the ous principles. It could be met only by one
close of last year, and a meeting of the method that which this society had adopt- subscribers took place in March for the ed—the exercise of Christian benevolence formation of the society under its present largely diffused. One object might strongly impress upon the minds of the meeting the appellation. The subsequent arrangements necessity of increased exertions. They
having been completed, the members were could not pass from their closets to the house again assembled on the 3d of May, to proof prayer, without being assailed by the open
ceed to a formal opening of the institution. desecration of the day of God. Every one The Earl Fitzwilliam, the president, was in employed in the task of instruction, was the chair, and he was supported by the himself rescued in mercy from these pollut- Earl of Denbigh, Lord Byron, Mr. Ewart, ing scenes, and was made the instrument, M.P., Mr. Hesketh Fleetwood, M.P., Dr. under God, of rescuing the children com- Lardner, and Dr. Anthony Todd Thompmitted to his care. An observance of the
son, all of whom promoted the objects of Sabbath was the great instrument by which the institution by taking a part in the inevery other object would be achieved. The rev. speaker then took a general view of teresting proceedings of the day. The religious education, and particularly hailed Report of the provisional committee was the announcement, that the Society had read; it announced the engagement of a commenced the establishment of Sunday
house for the purpose of the institution in school libraries, and concluded with elo- Sloane-street, and that the number of subquently descanting on the blessings that scribers exceeded two hundred. It also would result from the system of Sunday- observed, that the foundation of a library school instruction being established in France, had been formed by donations of books Germany, and Ireland.
from several gentlemen, and that the comThe other speakers were, the Rev. A, mencement of a museum had been made Fletcher, the Rev. Dr. Bennett, John Fair, by the liberal present of a collection of Esq., Mr. J. R. Wilson, the Rev. J. Cun
minerals by J. De St. Croix, Esq. The ningham, the Rev. J. Blackburn, the Rev. Dr. Morrison, the Rev. Amos Sutton, and
same Report also alluded in strong terins to W. B. Gurney, Esq. At the conclusion of tution by Mr. J. C. Evans, with whom
the exertions made in establishing the instithe meeting, the company joined in singing “Praise God from whom all blessings flow."
its plan originated.
The Duke of Sussex has become patron; (To be continued in our next.)
and the Duke of Bedford, the Marquis of Westminster, Earls of Morley, Denbigh,
and Cadogan, vice- patrons ; Earl FitzBELGRAVE LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC
william, president; and the Earls of Mun
ster and Burlington, Lords Byron, Morpeth, The increase of literary associations, not and Milton, and other gentlemen of inonly in London but in the large provincial Auence in the neighbourhood, vice-presitowns, must have been remarked by every dents of the institution. observer. To the admirer of the diffusion The means of effecting the objects of the of knowledge, this circumstance must have establishment are a library of reference and given rise to the most gratifying reflections. circulation; lectures on literature, science, Even those who may hold different opinions and art, natural history, antiquities, &c.; on this subject, must admit that the tide of reading rooms; converzatione; and a muintellectual cultivation is fowing on with seum of natural history and antiquities. In
pursuance of this outline of the plan, the maximum brightness, its variations are not first lecture was delivered on the 13th of readily seen. One of the most interesting last month, by Professor Grant, of the of these bodies is ß Lyræ, on account of its London University, on the nature, growth, alternations of magnitude being readily and history of corals. Previously to the observed ; as the constellation in which it commencement of the lecture, which was is situated is now becoming a conspicuous fully attended, Mr. Hesketh Fleetwood, one object in the eastern hemisphere during the of the vice-presidents, addressed the au- evenings; a short account of the period dience on the advantages to be derived and variations of magnitude of this star, from such societies, and placed their intel- may probably be interesting to the readers lectual and social benefits in a true and of the Imperial Magazine. It was first interesting light. Dr. Grant then delivered remarked to vary from the third to the fifth his lecture, and explained, with great ani- magnitude in the year 1784, by Mr. Goodmation and clearness, the treasures of the ricke, of York, who considered that the deep,' as far as they are developed in the period was 6 days 9 hours. In the structure and organization of zoophites. It monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical is, indeed, an object of surprise and admi. Society for November 12, 1830, we find ration, to find that substances so much like that Mr. Birt commenced a series of obserplants are indeed only parts of animals, vations on this star: on the 22d of May, in and that, by their astonishing multiplicity, that year, and at 11 o'clock in the evening, even large islands in the Pacific are gra- he found it of the fifth magnitude, and equal dually formed. This lecture was illustrated to ε and & Lyræ; these observations were by valuable specimens, and a rich succes- continued until September 2d, of the same sion of drawings. Professor Lindley, Dr. year, when, at 11 o'clock in the evening, Lardner, and Dr. A. T. Thompson, here he again saw the star of the fifth magnipromised theirv aluable assistance; which is tude, and exactly equal to e and & Lyræ, as the more meritorious, as their services, as on the 22d of May, thus giving 103 days well as those of Dr. Grant, are entirely for sixteen revolutions, instead of 102 days, gratuitous. This institution has commenced which would have been required, if the its career under favourable auspices, and period was 6 days 9 hours ; he, therefore, we hope ere long that it will take its place concluded that it was nearly 6 days 10 amongst the most useful literary establish- hours and 40 minutes. Since this date, he ments, so peculiarly the feature of the has continued his observations until the present age, and the ornaments of the me- present time, and he finds the period still tropolis.
longer; his latest observations appear to indicate a period of 6 days, 10 hours, and
55 minutes nearly; and he conceives that ON THE VARIABLE STAR B LYRÆ. it is not so long as 6 days, 10 hours, and
57 minutes. The star is generally seen of Sir John HERSCHEL, in his Treatise on the third magnitude during three successive Astronomy, has, I believe, an observation evenings, then of the fourth during the two to this effect :—" that the phenomena of following, and occasionally of the fifth, it is the variable stars are interesting, inasmuch then seen approaching the third. For the as they inforın us that in those far distant determination of the period the observations regions, where all appears still and quiet, of the minimum appear to be the most action is continually going on; and that useful, as the star continues but a short many an individual, even in the humbler time at this stage. In making observations walks of life, may render some service to of this kind, it is well to compare the star the sublime science of astronomy, by with as many others that are situated near watching the periods of these bodies, which it as possible. The following are well the more active astronomer has not the adapted for comparing with B Lyræ. opportunity of doing amidst the numerous 7, ε, and Lyæ, and u, , o, and e Herand more highly interesting objects that cules. The latest observations of Mr. Birt daily claim his attention in the observatory. were on the 15th of May, at 11 in the
Among the myriads of suns that meet evening, when the star appeared less than our view, when night spreads her sable cur- u Hercules, and brighter than & Hercules ; tain over the world, fifteen have been deter- and on the 19th of May, at 10 in the evenmined to vary in magnitude : the principal ing, when it was seen less than 0 Hercules, of these is Algol or ß Persii; the period of and about the same as ε and & Lyræ: these this star is 2 days, 20 hours, 48 minutes, observations may serve as data for future 58 seconds, and 7 tenths of a second, but observers, by whom the period may be on account of its long continuance at its more accurately determined.
18 1st qr. 19
METEOROLOGICAL JOURNAL at Walsall, from Feb. 26. to Mar. 25, 1834, inclusive.
The situation of Walsall is so near the Centre of England, that its Temperature may be taken as the Average of the whole Kingdom.--Latitude 52°, 34', 30" N.; Longitude 1°, 57', O" W.-Thermometer in the shade N.W. aspect.
Fahrenheit's Thermomet. of
Weather and Observations.
Night A. M. P. M.P. M.
27 18 40 42 53 39 29.68 S. W. Ditto.
28 19 38 39 43 42 30.01 E. by N. A.M. rain,-P.M. cloudy. Mar.1 20
48 53 49 30.02 S. W. Fair. 2 3d qr. 45 48 50 39 29.92 N. by W Fair. 3 22 35 44 51 48 29.95 N. by W.A.M. fair,—P.M. slight rain. 4 23 43 45 50 50 29.63 S. by W. Rather cloudy. 5 24 47 49 53 50 29.20 S. by W. Rain at times-storms of wind & rain at 6 25 34 37 46 47 29.54 S. by W. Fair and showery alternately. [night 71 26 36 40 51 44 29.81 S. W. Fair. 8 27 40 49 52 50 29.87 W. Fair and showery alternately,with brisk 9 28 44 49 54 45 30.07 S. W. Fair.
[wind. 10 New. 40 45 52 50 29.98 N. Fair. 11 44 48 47 30.10 S.
37 40 52 47 30.12 S. Hazy. 13 3 34 36 49 46 30.03 S. Cloudy. 14
44 49 42 30.04 E. A.M. light rain,-P.M. cloudy. 15
35 38 45 35 30.20 E. by N. Fair. 16 6 31 32 47 42 30.16 N. Fair. 17 7 32 40 43 40 30.17 N. E. Rather cloudy.
32 36 41 36 30,20 E. Fair.
24 30 42 34 30.17 E. Fair. 201 10 25 31 43 34 30.11 E. Fair. 21 11 24 30 41 34 30.00 E. Fair. 22 12 32 40 47 39 29.68 S. W. Fair and showers alternately. 23 13 35 43 50 50 29.44 W. by S. Cloudy,with highwind,--storms of wind 24 14 36 38 44 38 29.45 W. Storms of hail and rain.[& rain in night. 25] Full 30 33 40 33 29.70 N. W. Fair. 26 16 23 33 43 36 29.80 W. Fair. 27 17 38 43 51 47 29.65 W.S. W. A.M. fair,-P.M. rainy. 28 18
43 48 43 29.11 W. S. W. Cloudy,—with high wind and rain. 29 19 34 41 47 40 29.30 W. by S. Hail-storms,—with high wind,--fair at 30 20 27 38 44 29.52 S. W. Fair,--rain in evening.
[times. 31 21 32 38 44 37 29.57
A.M. fair,-P.M. rather cloudy. Apr. 13d qr. 35 42 50 46
29.84 N. by W. Fair,-cloudy towards evening. 2 23 42 48 55 50 29.88 W. S. W.A.M. hazy,-P.M. cloudy. 3 24 44 49 48 41 30.07 | N. by W. Fair. 4 25 33 42 48 43 30.14 N. by W. Fair. 5 26 39 46 48 44 30.00 N. by W. Rather cloudy. 6 27
47 53 43 30.01 N. by W. Fair. 7 28 32 44 52 45 29.98 N. by W. A.M. fair,-P.M. rather cloudy. 8 29 40 43 47 38 30.00 N. E. Fair. 9/New. 36 40 41 38 30.02 N. E. Cloudy. 101
27 33 38 32 29.98 N. by E. Fair. 11
27 36 42 33 29.85 N. by E. Cloudy,-snow in the morning. 12 3 29 38 42 35 29.79 N. by E. Snow-storms,---fair at times. 13 4 25 39 45 40 29.96 N. E. Fair. 14 5 27 37 50 39 30.01 E. by S. Fair. 15 6 28 40 55 44 30.01 S. by E. Fair. 16 7 36 46 52 44 30.01 E. by N. Fair. 17 1st qr. 30 41 53 43 29.97 N. by E. Fair. 18 9 36 41 56 47 29.88 S. by E. Fair. 19 10 35 45 57 47 29.92 E. Fair. 20
11 34 41 55 47 29.94 E. Fair. 21 12 34 42 57 40 30.00 E. Fair. 22 13 30 39 54 49 29.94 E. Fair. 23 Full 36 50 53 39 29.90 E. A.M. showery,-P.M. fair. 24 15 26 44 51 48 29.94 E. Fair.
25 16 30 46 54 47 29.85 E. Rather cloudy. Greatest height of Thermometer, April 19 & 21, 3 P. M. Least height of Thermomoter, March 25, during night,
Range 34 Greatest height of Baromoter, March 15th & 18th,
30.20 inches. Least height of Barometer, March 28th,
29.11... Range 1.09
Ruling Passion.- When Malherbe was dying, he reprimanded his nurse for making use of a solecism in her language! and when his confessor represented to him the felicities of a future state in low and trite expressions, the dying critic interrupted him :“Hold your tongue," he said ; “ your wretched style only makes me out of conceit with them !"
The favourite studies and amusements of the learned La Mothe le Vayer consisted in accounts of the most distant countries. He gave a striking proof of the influence of this master-passion, when death hung upon his lips. Bernier, the celebrated traveller, entering and drawing the curtains of his bed to take his eternal farewell,
the dying map turning to him, with a faint voice inquired, “Well, my friend, what news from the Great Mogul ?”
Jewish Tracts.-The Jewish authors were fond of allegorical titles, which always indicates the most puerile age of taste. The titles were usually adapted to their obscure works. It would exercise an able enigmatist to explain their allusions ; for we must understand by “ The Heart of Aaron,” that it is a commentary on several of the prophets. “The Bones of Joseph" is an introduction to the Talmud. “ The Garden of Nuts,” and “The Golden Apples, are Theological questions; and “ The Pomegranate with its Flower," is a treatise of ceremonies pot any more practised. Jortin gives a title, which he says of all the fantastical titles he can recollect, is one of the prettiest. . A rabbin published, a catalogue of rabbinical writers, and calledit Labia Dormientium, from Captic. vii. v.9.“ Like the best wine of my beloved that goeth down sweetly, ausing the lips of those that are asleep to speak." It hath a double meaning, of which he was not aware, for most of his rabbipical brethren talk very much like men in their sleep.-D'Israeli.
Just Published. The Improved Version, truly desigpated a Creed. By Robert Halley. Part III. of the Architectural Director.
By John Billington, Architect.
Instructive Fables. By the Author of “The Last Day of the Week.'
Miscellaneous Poems. By T. W. Aveling.
Part 13 of a New Edition of the National Portrait Gallery, with Memoirs of Her Most Gracious Ma. jesty Queen Adelaide ; the Princess Victoria ; Lord Brougham; and Sir David Brewster,
Part 5 of Fisher's Views in India, China, and the Shores of the Red Sea. From Original Sketches by Commander Robert Elliot, R.N.
Memoir of the Rev. C. Neale. By the Rev. Wm. Jowett. Memoirs of the Rev. Basil Woodd, A.M.
The Pulpit, Vol. XXIII, containing Sixty Sermons and Lectures. - England ; an Historical Poem. By J. W. Ord. Vol. I. Memoirs of the Rev. Dr. Buchanan.
By the Rev. Hugh Patterson, D.D.
Sermons. By the Rev. H. Fell.
The Gradations of Sin; a Sermon occasioned by the Execution of T. Gee for Incendiarism, at Northampton. By the Rev, J. Clark, of Guilsboro.
In the Press. An Essay on the Deaf and Dumb. By J. H. Curtis Esgre.
The Lays and Legends of Spaio ; to form the Fourth Monthly Part of Mr. W. J. Thom's National Lays and Legends.
The Duty of a Christian State to Support a National Church Establishment; the Scriptural character and peculiar claims of the Church of England ; five Ser. mons preached by the Rev. Joseph Holmes, M. A.
A Treatise on the System of Intercourse and Com. munication in Civilized States. By T. Grahame.
Sylloge Theologica ; a Systematic Collection of Tracts for the Use of Students in the University, and of the Younger Clergy. By the Rev. Dr. Wordsworth, of Cambridge.
Natives of King George's Sound.-Two of the chiefs received an invitation from the captain to take breakfast on board the ship. He, having previously ob. served that his guests were remarkably fond of fried fish, had plenty of this prepared, together with a suitable quantity of coffee, bread, &c. for their own particular gratification. The invited guests were placed at the after end of the cabin table,
himself and officers seating themselves around ; before each of the former, the steward, according to directions, had placed a goodly quantity of the fish. Knives and spoons, conveying too dainty a morsel for their liking, were left unemployed, , hands the while performing the duty, and stuffing as much into their mouths as could there be crammed; as if fearful there was no more for them, another lot was thrust io by way of filling up; the whole being then twisted and turned about, so that the bones might work or be picked out at the corner of the mouth. In the effort to swallow such a tremendous portion, it was necessary to stretch the neck a little, and bring the head forward, a performance somewhat like that of our domestic fowls, when almost choked with meal. When this was achieved, another mouthful was made to follow as soon as possible. One of the chiefs having his mouth thus comfortably filled, pointed to a dish of brown Bugar. A little was put into his already replenished mouth, when, with one puff, he very unceremoniously blew fish and sugar over the dishes and table.Fanning's Voyages.
Chinese ansiety for Christianity.-We had visited a temple upon a high hill. The temples might be called elegant by the Chinese, if the abominations of idolatry did not render such an epithet inapplicable. When I took the books out of the boat, and handed a copy to a man of respectable appearance, he read aloud the title, and, all at once, the crowd rushed upon me, hundreds stretching out their hands to receive the same gift. Within a few minutes the store was exhausted, but the news spread with great rapidity. We saw the people sitting for six hours together on the brow of a hill opposite to which our vessel was lying at anchor. As soon as they saw, us approaching near the shores, they ran down the hill with great velocity, grasping the books from my hands, and sped towards their friends in the surrounding vil. lages. If ever our Christian books have been read with attention, it was here, at this time.- Voyages alony the Coast of China.
Rowland Hill.-When notices were given to him, he used to read them generally aloud; and once an impudent fellow placed a piece of paper on the read. ing-desk, just before he was going to read prayers, He took it, and began-" The prayers of this congregation are desired-umph-for-ymph' well, I suppose I must finish what I have begun'- for the Rev. Rowland Hill, that he will not go riding about in his carriage on a Sunday !" This would have disconcerted almost any other man; but he took it up as coolly as possible, and said " If the writer of this piece of folly and impertinence is in the congrega. tion, and will go into the vestry after service, and let me put a saddle on his back, I will ride him home instead of going in my carriage." He then went on with the service.- Life of the Rev. Rowland Hill.
Simple Expedient. - In the granite quarries near Seringapatam, the most enormous blocks are separated from the solid rock by the following neat and simple process. The workman having found a portion of the rock sufficiently extensive, and situated near the edge of the part already quarried, lays bare the upper surface, and marks on it a line in the direction of the intended separation, along which a groove is cut with a chisel about a couple of inches in depth. Above this groove a narrow line of fire is then kindled, and maintained till the rock below is thoroughly heated, immediately, ou which a line of men and women, each provided with a pot full of cold water, suddenly sweep off the ashes, and pour the water into the heated groove, when the rock at once splits with a clean fracture. Square blocks of six feet in the side, and upwards of eighty feet in length, are sometimes detached by this method, or by another equally simple and efficacious, but not easily explained without entering, into particolars of mineralogical detail.Herschel's Natural Philosophy.
Wonders of Nature. There is a very curious plant, termed dionæa muscipula, or fly-trap, that secretes á sweetish fluid in its leaves, not unlike hovey, by which flies are attracted ; immediately on being touched, the leaf contracts, and being of a thorny prickly pature, the animal is crushed to death, as if for its temerity.
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